A media mashup consists of a combination of multiple sources of media into a derivative. New online collaborative media editing tools make it possible for numerous individuals to collaborate in creating collaborative media presentations, providing new opportunities for active learning and collaboration among students. This session will introduce a variety of media mashup tools and explore best practices for incorporating media mashup activities in the learning environment.

Session Objectives:

  • Define "mashup" and "remix"
  • View sample media mashups and remixes 
  • List pedagogical benefits for incorporating mashups and remixes into the learning experience
  • Brainstorm possible uses for mashup or remix activities to enhance the learning experience

Rationale:

Definitions:

Multiple Content Sources:
"website or application that combines content from more than one source into an integrated experience"

Social Bookmarking:
web-based sharing of Internet bookmarks

Remixing RSS:
creating customized RSS feeds and information content from multiple source feeds

  • Yahoo! Pipes
    powerful composition tool to aggregate, manipulate, and mashup content from around the web.
  • Feed Informer
    create customized RSS digests combining multiple RSS feeds 
  • Feed2JS
    free service for building javascript command for embedding the contents of an RSS feed in a website
  • Google News
    search and browse news sources; create custom news RSS feeds
  • Yahoo! News
    aggregated news feeds from Yahoo!
  • WebRSS
    free service for generating code to publish RSS feeds to your site

Start Pages
customized landing pages including any number of dynamically updating information sources

Mapping:
online mapping services, such as those offered by Google or Yahoo, to display customized, clickable markers showing points of interest and related information.

Maps+Photos:
customized maps including photos or other media available in context

Presentations+Audio:
presentations shared online with synchronized audio

  • VoiceThread
    add voice narration and to a slide show composed of photos; asynchronous discussion and annotation centered around images or diagrams
  • Screencast-O-Matic
    free and easy way to create a video recording of your screen (aka screencast) and upload it for free hosting all from your browser with no install!

Video+Photos+Music:
create mashups consisting of remixed video, photos, and music edited without online 

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Benefits:

  • Gather information from a variety of sources, synthesize and evaluate
  • Offers another resource for group work
  • Gives student work more authenticity since it will be available to a wider audience
  • Opens door for copyright issues, intellectual property, etc.
  • Empowers students since they don't need expensive software
  • Distorting/perverting original intent of media to communicate a different message
  • Visual literacy
  • Engages different learning styles
  • ??

Uses:

  • Collaborative group projects or videos
  • Presentations
  • Individual assignments
  • Web quests
  • Exam review
  • Video debate
  • Staff development
  • Communication with stakeholders
  • English language learning
  • Accreditation reviews
  • Doctoral research
  • Minutes/faculty meetings
  • ??

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